2011 Dodge Charger Overview
The 2011 Dodge Charger is a rolling contradiction: a rear-wheel drive muscle car, with four doors and full-size interior space and refinement.
For this year, the Charger gets a redesigned exterior along with a tweaked interior and a new engine. There’s no arguing that the 2011 Charger is one of the meanest looking sedans on the road today with a restyled crosshair grille and headlight fixtures the flare up giving it a muscular and aggressive look. Out back, there are even larger changes including taillights made up of 164 LEDs that span the entire width of the car giving the Charger an even more distinctive look from behind. At night, it’ll be easy to spot a Charger from afar, which is good because with what lies under the hood there will be lots of people behind you.
New for 2011, the base engine is a 292-horsepower version of Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. This new engine represents increases of 42-horsepower and 33 pounds-feet of torque over the base engine from last year. High-performance R/T versions of the Charger get a 370-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 which also features cylinder deactivation technology to save fuel. Both engines come mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive is standard (V-8 models can be equipped with all-wheel drive). Due to its fuel saving tech, the V-8 and Pentastar V-6 get very similar fuel economy ratings – 16 mpg in the city and 23 (V-8) or 25 (V-6) mpg on the highway.
Inside, the 2011 Charger gets a new touch of quality with more soft-touch and high-quality materials spread throughout. The distinctive dash can also be outfitted with a new, optional 8.4-inch touch screen which controls the audio system. Standard features on all Chargers include air conditioning, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, cruise control, 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system, and USB/auxiliary audio inputs. Also available to tickle driver and passengers alike are heated and cooled cupholders, navigation system, heated front and rear seats, and Bluetooth® connectivity.
Standard safety features for the 2011 Charger include antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Front side-impact, side curtain, and driver-side knee airbags work to keep occupants safe in case a collision occurs. Further safety technology is optional, and includes a blind spot monitoring system, rear parking sensors, backup camera, and a collision-warning system.
The 2011 Dodge Charger is a family friendly full-size sedan, with a mean look and pedigree. If Bo, Luke, and Daisy were looking for a new car today, it’s a good bet that they’d still settle on this latest version of the Charger.